DENPASAR (THE JAKARTA POST/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Denpasar Police have arrested a fashion designer identified only as Nandi for allegedly growing marijuana at his house in Canggu, North Kuta, Bali.
The police seized at least 22 marijuana plants, including dried marijuana leaves and seeds.
The 57-year-old was arrested at his home last Saturday (July 7) after police received information from residents who suspected someone was smoking weed in their neighbourhood.
The police followed up by observing activities at Nandi's house, ending in his arrest on Saturday.
Ten of the marijuana plants seized were more than 2m in height while 12 others were around 15cm in height.
The police also seized 9.57g of dried marijuana leaves as well as joints from Nandi, who lives alone at the house.
Denpasar Police chief senior commissioner Hadi Purnomo said the marijuana plants were found in the backyard of the house.
"He arranged them just like ornamental plants," he said on Tuesday.
Hadi said Nandi told the police that he had planted the marijuana plants a year ago. He claimed to use marijuana for his illness, saying he suffered from asthma and felt better after using marijuana.
"However, we cannot yet believe what he has said. Let the court prove it," Hadi said.